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Upcoming events

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Sydney's most diverse range of free talks, forums, lectures, panels and debates.

Seeing the unseen: from brains to black holes

  • Tuesday 20 August, 6 – 7.30pm
  • How does the mind conjure an idea of something that doesn't exist, or that we haven't experienced? Join us for this special Innovation Week event. Book now

Breaking news: on the decline of press freedom and democracy

  • Monday 26 August, 6 – 7.30pm
  • What does national security, data security and the changing face of legislation mean for free speech and our right to know? A reporter, satirist and political theorist examine the state of affairs. Booked out

Living longer: Why, and how?

  • Tuesday 27 August, 6.30 – 8pm
  • Ageing is the main cause of chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Given this exorable link, can we extend our lifespan without risking our health and quality of life? Booked out

Animal welfare, human wellbeing and planetary health

  • Wednesday 28 August, 2 – 4pm
  • Join us for a discussion of how the choices we make when we feed our animal companions affects other animals, the environment and even our own wellbeing. Book now

Bold new ideas for Australia's future

  • Thursday 29 August, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Australian politics has been systematically disrupted by leadership changes, the rise of populism and shifting geopolitical realities. What now for Australia’s future? Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd joins political adviser Marc Stears to discuss. Book now

Room for improvement: cities, housing and health

  • Monday 9 September, 6.30 – 8pm
  • Improving our cities and housing conditions can increase our quality of life, prevent disease, and help mitigate climate change. What does this look like in practice, and how might we get to this place? Let's get (urban) planning. Book now

The political economy of inequality

  • Tuesday 10 September, 6 – 7.30pm
  • How can we close the widening gap between rich and poor? Political economist Frank Stilwell will discuss economic inequality, expose the scale of the problem and provide alternative strategies for a fairer society. Book now

Public interest and toxic chemicals

  • Thursday 19 September, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Join public health expert Professor Tim Driscoll and Walkley Award-winning journalists Kerry O'Brien and Carrie Fellner, as they discuss the role of scientific research and journalism to uncover the dangers of widely used chemicals. Book now

Precision medicine: Can it live up to the hype?

  • Wednesday 2 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Join us as world-renowned thinkers explore some of the key issues around precision medicine. We analyse the realities of disease prediction, economics, ethics, clinical applications and the balance between the personal and the public benefit. Book now

A new light on quantum computing

  • Wednesday 2 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Professor Chris Monroe is one of the world's foremost quantum technologists and will be in Sydney to explain the rise of what promises to be a revolutionary technology of the 21st century. Book now

How the Waterfront dispute changed industrial relations in Australia

  • Monday 28 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Join labour expert Professor Shae McCrystal, and Walkley Award-winning journalists Pamela Williams and Quentin Dempster, for a conversation about the nature of work in Australia. Book now

Exploring Amazing Fantasy #15: The genesis of Spider-Man

  • Wednesday 21 August
  • Join University of Sydney alumnus Matthew Skinner as he discusses the origin of Marvel Comics’ flagship character within the pages of anthology book Amazing Fantasy #15 by co-creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (1962) in the next edition of Rare Bites talk series. Book now

Health Data and Personalised Medicine: How will you be treated?

  • Thursday 22 August
  • In the next edition of Outside the Square, learn more from experts in metabolic cybernetics, eHealth and sociology, and discover what medical treatment could mean for you in the very near future. Book now

Mascara’s Global South Salon: A Reading and Performance

  • Saturday 24 August
  • A special public event of the World Literatures and the Global South Conference, this reading is a creative submersion into the colloquium themes from diaspora writers and translators who live and work in Sydney, and whose ancestries trace to the Global South. Book now

Conversations on children and permanency – perspectives on relationships over the life span

  • Wednesday 28 August
  • Join Professor Harold Grotevant and Associate Professor Amy Conley Wright for an evening conversation about family relationship over a lifetime for children who have been adopted or are in out-of-home care. Book now

The Marketing Exchange Series with Luke Bould

  • Wednesday 4 September
  • Luke Bould, Chief Marketing Officer at Football Federation Australia, will present on how he and his team have repositioned football by connecting Australians to the global game. Book now

Mutating racisms

  • Tuesday 10 September
  • A panel of leading researchers will examine new modes of racism emerging in the 21st century – including Islamophobia – and the increasing roles states or governments play in the perpetuation of this hatred. What are solutions to this growing trend? Book now

Rethinking LGBTQI+ lives and the law in the 21st century

  • Wednesday 11 September
  • Join a panel of human rights and socio-legal experts as they analyse the new ways in which LGBTQI+ citizens experience aspects of the contemporary legal system such as the police and reporting of hate crimes, mis-genderings and travel, and marriage. Book now

What can the social sciences tell us about the 2019 federal election?

  • Wednesday 11 September
  • Leading political scientists will provide answers to critical questions about what went on in the 2019 federal election. Engage with a range of topics including tax and climate change policies, future of minor parties, how the polls got it wrong, and more. Book now

Gender matters in peace and war

  • Thursday 12 September
  • This event will analyse the changes that occur when gender is pushed to the forefront of debates about war, violence and security, including the ways in which periods of peace and war are understood. Book now

Not Guilty: the psychology of crime investigations

  • Wednesday 18 September
  • Wrongful convictions can and do happen – it's the unfortunate truth of the legal system. But it’s not just a legal matter; the science of how our brains work plays a big part too. Find out how in this event. Book now